Accelerated Bachelor & Master Degree Programs

Temple Engineering presents a new accelerated program for dedicated students to earn a B.S. and M.S. in five years.

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce the following new Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Degree (ABMD) programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering & Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering & Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Construction Management Technology & Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering concentration) & Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Bioengineering concentration) & Master of Science in Bioengineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering & Master of Science in Bioengineering

These 4+1 accelerated programs are designed to provide high achieving undergraduate students an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree within five years. In this program, students take three graduate-level courses in place of technical electives during the Junior and Senior years. Students then take one graduate-level course in the summer after completing the undergraduate degree. In the following fall and spring semesters, students complete an additional 18 semester hours of graduate-level coursework to complete the master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for admission into one of the ABMD programs:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 by the end of the 5th semester
  • Ability to complete their undergraduate degree in four total years/eight total collegiate semesters (including work previously completed at other institutions attended) 
  • Completion of required coursework:   
  1. For the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Construction Management Technology & Master of Science in Civil Engineering: MATH 1022, 1041, 1042; PHYS 1021, 1022
  2. For all other ABMD programs: MATH 1041, 1042, 2043, 3041; PHYS 1061, 1062; CHEM 1031 or CHEM 1035 and CHEM 1033
  • Transfer Students with at least a 3.25 cumulative transfer gpa and ability to complete their undergraduate degree in four total years/8 total collegiate semesters will be eligible to apply for the 4+1 accelerated programs in the College of Engineering:
  1. The program coordinator will conditionally accept transfer students into the 4+1 program if the students can complete their undergraduate degree in a total of eight collegiate semesters including three, contiguous full-time semesters beginning with the spring semester (6th collegiate semester) of their junior year, and if they can complete 45 credits at Temple prior to taking the third graduate course in the spring semester of their senior year.
  2. Accepted transfer students will take one graduate course in the spring of their junior year (6th collegiate semester), one in the fall of the senior year (7th collegiate semester), and if they have completed 45 credits with a 3.0 cum at the end of the fall semester of their senior year, one in the spring of their senior year (8th collegiate semester).
  3. These students must be able to complete their graduate degree in one year directly following the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  4. If for whatever reason these student do not complete the undergraduate degree in three contiguous semesters or do not complete 45 credits with a 3.0 cum gpa at Temple prior to their spring semester of their senior year, they can still apply to the Graduate School throug the normal application process for a Master's Degree in the College of Engineering.          
  • Students must be able to complete their undergraduate degree in four total years (eight total collegiate semesters) and the graduate degree in one year directly following the completion of their undergraduate degree.

Application Deadlines and Procedures

Applicants must submit a completed ABMD application to the program coordinator by December 10th of the their 5th semester. Applicants must also complete a Graduate Application form by April 1st of their 8th semester.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed ABMD application form
  • Letter from academic advisor verifying that applicant is expected to complete the bachelor’s degree within three semesters following the due date of the ABMD application form
  • Recommendation letters from two faculty members; at least one must be from a faculty member in the relevant department. These letters must be submitted in a sealed envelope bearing the writers signature on the flap of the envelope.
  • Personal Statement 
  • An up-to-date resume

The application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies by December 10th of the 5th semester.  The GRE is not required.

Program Requirements

Once admitted into the ABMD program, students need to register for the three required graduate-level courses in place of three undergraduate technical electives. Students must obtain at least a grade of “B” in these graduate-level courses.

After matriculating formally into the graduate program (summer after completing undergraduate requirements), students must take an additional 21 semester hours of graduate-level coursework and complete either a research (thesis or project) or non-research (coursework only) option. Students pursing the thesis option must complete a total of 24 semester hours of coursework and 6 semester hours of thesis. Students completing the project option must complete 27 semester hours of coursework and 3 semester hours of thesis. Students must maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of at least a 3.0 to remain in the program and to graduate with a master’s degree.

Tuition

Students enrolled in the ABMD program must register for a 9 semesters hours of graduate-level courses during their junior and senior year. The graduate courses taken as undergraduate electives will be coded as undergraduate courses on the transcript and undergraduate tuition will apply. The student will be required to pay no additional fees.

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Studies 
Shawn Fagan 
4+1 Program Coordinator
215-204-8825
sfagan@temple.edu

Civil, Construction, Environmental
Dr. Philip Udo-Inyang
Graduate Coordinator
215-204-7831
udoinyang@temple.edu

Electrical
Dr. Chang-Hee Won
Graduate Coordinator
215-204-6158
skong@temple.edu

Mechanical 
Dr. Shriram Pillapakkam 
Graduate Coordinator
215-204-4306
pillapakkam@temple.edu

Bioengineering
Dr. Nancy Pleshko 
Graduate Coordinator
215-204-4280
nancy.pleshko@temple.edu